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News July 20, 2017
The Purple Line in Washington, D.C., is closer to getting back on track, after a significant ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court.   A three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit blocked a lower court’s ruling that effectively kept the Purple Line from moving forward. The emergency stay will...
News July 14, 2017
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $226.5 million in competitive grant funding for transit bus projects nationwide.   The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program is authorized by Congress to improve the...
News July 11, 2017
The American Action Forum (AAF) released research late last week that found “Buy America” rules for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants could be raising procurement costs in some areas.   By way of example, political site The Hill said that Washington D.C.’s beleaguered Metrorail system...
News July 07, 2017
Building a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River and fixing the existing one could cost nearly $13 billion—a steep increase over an earlier estimate of $7.7 billion, according to a report released on Thursday.   Transit officials are proceeding with planning for the project, which would improve a...
News July 06, 2017
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order last week declaring a state of emergency for the New York City subway system, pledged $1 billion for improvements and moved to make it easier for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to buy badly needed equipment.   Mr. Cuomo ordered Joseph J....
News July 06, 2017
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is looking to add their red transit-only lanes to at least 50 new streets in the region, as newly granted federal approval will now allow the agency’s red lanes to spread to more areas across the city.   A list of “Potential Future Red Lanes...
News July 05, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has withdrawn from the group overseeing the Gateway Program, the massive regional project that aims to double rail capacity between New York and New Jersey.   Billed as the largest and most important transit project in the northeast, the $23.9...
News June 27, 2017
The Los Angeles Gold Line extension to Claremont will break ground this October based on a plan approved last week by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority.   The 11.5-mile extension will push the Gold Line light rail further east through the San Gabriel Valley with an additional...
News June 14, 2017
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will soon begin testing the use of autonomous buses.   The department will be issuing a request for proposals seeking technology partners to help safely demonstrate how autonomous technology works in a colder climate.   Testing will start with warm...
News June 01, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday announced the grant recipients who will receive $197 million in competitive grant funding to help commuter and intercity passenger railroads meet the deadline...

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Article May 31, 2017
Transit agencies routinely face demand for expanded and improved services. Adding new or additional passenger, freight, inter-city and high-speed rail (HSR) service to an existing rail network presents an array of challenges to railroads and state and federal agencies. Most agencies are faced with...
Article May 31, 2017
The recently completed R Line extension has brought light-rail service to the heart of Aurora, Colo., a suburb of Denver. Located along the I-225 corridor, the R Line extension is 10.5 miles long and was completed at a cost of $687 million. It traverses an urban environment, and includes eight new...
News May 31, 2017
Minnesota's Metro Transit has delayed the start of contractor bidding for the third time for the $1.9 billion Southwest light-rail line from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie, setting the project back to later this fall.   Despite the delay, transit authorities say passenger service would still...
News May 16, 2017
Uber announced Tuesday it is integrating with the Transit app in more than 50 cities across the U.S.   With this integration, when an Uber rider marks a transit stop as a final destination, a card will pop up showing departure times for various modes of transportation. Uber said the integration...
News May 15, 2017
In the second Roads & Bridges podcast of the year, Infrastructure Insider discusses President Trump's trillion-dollar infrastructure plan and the latest news in the road and bridge industry, including this week's reopening of the Atlanta I-85 bridge that collapsed in March.   Click here to...
Article May 09, 2017
Frustrating doesn’t begin to describe the impact of congestion. A 2016 study by the research firm INRIX identified the U.S. as the most congested developed country in the world—where drivers spend an average of 42 hours a year in traffic during peak hours. That report calculates the total...
News April 28, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the opportunity to apply for up to $55 million in competitive grant funds through FTA’s Low or No Emission (Low-No) Bus Program. The Low-No program supports projects sponsored by local transit agencies to bring...
News April 27, 2017
Transit advocates are sounding the alarm over the impact of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts, saying they would jeopardize $38 billion worth of planned public transportation projects.   The administration, which is working on a $1 trillion infrastructure package, has floated a $2.4 billion...
News April 25, 2017
Ride New Orleans, a transit advocacy group, repeated its call last week to have wait times and travel distances reduced for people in the city who rely on buses and streetcars to get on with their everyday lives.   The group hopes to influence the planning phase of what is being called the Regional...
News April 13, 2017
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is rolling out a fleet of “talking” buses to serve the state’s communities.   The new technology allows the buses to alert pedestrians and motorists with an automated announcement through a “Safe Turn Alert” system that voices messages such as “...
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